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Temple Tree at Bon Ton
Ranked #6 of 148 Langkawi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne
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“Not your standard hotel!!”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

So nice to stay somewhere that is different from the standard hotel room. We stayed in Penang House 1- couple in one room and another person in the second room. Our house was beautifully decorated and the original features were so well preserved. No TV with reception but that wasn't a bother. As other reviews state, there are a lot of cats around, perfect for us as we love animals. We found ourselves with a house cat over our 5 day stay (saw on the last day that it had fleas though so weren't so cuddly after that).
Pool was great, restaurant was amazing. Reasonably priced food (not cheap by island standards but by western standards it certainly was). The waiter was fantastic also.
Happy hour in the neighbouring bon ton resort was a nice touch. Even with going to this more expensive resort next door, I think that the temple tree wins out in charm and service.
Thanks temple tree, hope to be back again soon!

Room Tip: penang 1 was great! right near the pool
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia
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Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

I love this place,beautiful old colonial houses transported from all over Malaysia,set in a tranquil non beach environment yet only a short drive from all the activities cenang beach has to offer,the added bonus for me is the cats this is part of a cat sanctuary they are everywhere.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

It's very hard to describe the temple tree. They brought traditional buildings from several parts of Malaysia and assembled them at the temple tree, attention to detail adds to a wonderful atmosphere where everything is laid back, elegant and relaxing. I highly recommended for couples. Wine selection was great and meals are served in a central building. I recommend the Chinese house, that was beautiful. If you are allergic to cats, be aware, this really tame and cute cats live in the property and roam free through the gardens

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Having traveled and stayed at diverse hotels and resorts across, Temple Tree turned out to be one of the most unique experiences ever. An anchorage for cat lovers with its 30+ cats that roam around the property giving you the opportunity to spend as much time with these lovely creatures. The experience of offering fresh water to one of the cats in our rooms to feeding them cat food was truly unique.

Beyond the cats, the property is conveniently located close to the airport and the Chenang beach (10 mins by taxi) so no issues on the location. Dotted by rice fields and blue hills make it a picture postcard location when you sit near the pool.

Rooms: We stayed in a Malay themed colonial house which was aesthetically done with a seamless blend of the modern facilities and traditional furniture. The ACs worked fine, mini ref was ok and the bathroom had appropriate facilities. The toiletries could have been better (read better quality brands) to go with the look and feel of the place. The beds were comfortable, rooms were cleaned well every day we were there.

Food: The in-room breakfast was nice….cakes and bread were filling. We also tried the food at the adjacent BonTon and that was pretty good as well.

Service: Understanding, amiable and ready to help staff across both properties....James (Manager) also helped us resolve a issue with a Tour operator, which was appreciated....

A few shortcomings: No phones inside the rooms, wi-fi does not really work, you cant order any food in the room, a really small pool….

Overall: So if you are looking for a different experience and want to enjoy time with cats, this is the place for you.

Stayed in December 2013, traveled as a couple.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, Chine
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

Total relax in Temple Tree for our 3 last nights in Langkawi, after some busy hotels in Cenang.
Lovely malaysian houses, trees, nature, birdsongs, cosy breakfast in our kingsize bed... and peaceful cats everywhere to calm down yourself...
Temple Tree and Bon Ton own 2 good restaurant and 2 long swimming pool. Go there is sufficient to fill the day. Beach is also not too far with a nice walk close to the rice fields and the fisherman boats.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Interesting and different place to stay.........can be noisy in Plantation rooms because of the nature of their wooden structure.....considerate guests help......some are not!!
Staff friendly and helpful, having a rental car a big plus for seeing the island......
Attention to detail could be better.......replacing light bulbs.....poor quality, well worn towels....swimming pool water looked dirty........well worn pool furniture......

Room Tip: Plantation rooms can be noisy..........
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

I read quite many posts here on TripAdvisor and understood that people were complaining about cats, cleaning and standard in relation to what you pay. I got this place recommended from a couple of friends which was the reason why we tried it. Our friends stayed at BonTon but since that was fully booked over Xmas we stayed at the more luxury sister resort Temple Tree.

I'd say it wasn't completely worth the 1100rm we paid per night but other than that it was great! Colonial style and the country side feeling was exactly what we needed and we stayed in the room Colonial 3 which had two wooden bath tubes and much space to enjoy.

I don't fancy cats that much but I must say they didn't bother me at all. Cleanness was good but I understand those of you that have mentioned that in your reviews. But given that this isn't a fancy hotel we had absolutely no problem what so over - it's clean enough and with its country side/colonial style it kind of fits in.

Best thing was the quietness and the food at BonTon! Amazing food and they had pretty much had everything on the menu which also was better than many fine dining restaurants. Drinks were super as well.

All in all - if you expect a five star hotel and all that comes with a proper hotel – find somewhere else to stay. If you fancy something different with a genuine touch - stay here but make sure to get a better deal than we did even though it was Xmas. It would have been a five if the price would have been better.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Temple Tree at Bon Ton
Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 148 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Temple Tree at Bon Ton 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Though classified as B&B/Inn, Temple Tree is actually more of a boutique resort of many cultures, an eclectic mix of heritage chic...Antique buildings of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian origin, make up this 8 villa hotel, with 8 rooms & 6 suites now open. Each building has, over its 70-110 year old history, created its own heart and soul. Hopefully we have given due respect to each of these family homes with the restoration process. These houses are now the continuing the story of people who live in them, our guests. ... more   less 
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